Where have all the bees gone?

It has been said that if the bees disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left."
 
Where have all the bees gone?  I don't know if you've heard but there has been a crisis in the honey industry over the last year.  Bee hives are suffering from CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) meaning, bees have left there hives and they didn't come back.  They didn't even leave a forwarding address for their queen which is highly unusual bee behavior as bees generally like their queen and want to be around her quite a bit.  This is happening around the world.  CCD has since spread to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.  In the states the west coast has lost 60% of their bees and the east coast is missing 70% of their bees.  This no small thing as bees pollinate most of the world's crops.

Scientists have a pretty good theory.  You're killing the bees with your cell phone basically.  That's right, it may come down to your cell phone or your life.  I know for some people that may be a tough choice, but they have observed that bees won't go near a hive if a cell phone is near by.  As cell phone coverage has increased (can you hear me now?), cell phone towers blanket the country possibly interfering with the bees navigation.  I bet Verizon didn't see this one coming.   I would give anything to be there when Verizon's president gets a cease and desist order from the goverment.  Lions, tigers and bears could die off as a species with little consequence to man, but when we start kicking out the little building blocks like bees and plankton that our civilization is based on, well, that can be the real man killer.  Ahhh...it's always the little things that get you.  The devil is in the details.

So to save your life you might have to turn off your cell phone and turn on your answering machine.  In many ways I find that more appealing.     ......or maybe those bee keepers just need to stop carrying their cell phones with them to work.
 

2 comments

  • Dale Ulan

    Dale Ulan

    Some researchers think that it's nicotine-based pesticides that cause the problem. It makes the honey bees forget how to get home or something like that. Kinda like tequila does for humans....

    Some researchers think that it's nicotine-based pesticides that cause the problem. It makes the honey bees forget how to get home or something like that. Kinda like tequila does for humans....

  • Karyn

    Karyn

    Drunken bees, that could be dangerous!! I've also heard that it may only be the commercial bees that are being affected. That makes sense to me. You should see all the bees around my place! They love my flowers. Definitely no shortage of bees, in fact I just got stung picking some weeds a couple of weeks ago.

    Drunken bees, that could be dangerous!! I've also heard that it may only be the commercial bees that are being affected. That makes sense to me. You should see all the bees around my place! They love my flowers. Definitely no shortage of bees, in fact I just got stung picking some weeds a couple of weeks ago.

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